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- How a Secret Strategy Helps BlackBerry and Microsoft Solve Government's Mobile Problem Apr 21 Every once in a while, I run into something amazing. In this case, it is an effort announced at the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium that should ensure that BlackBerry and Microsoft dominate government and high-security enterprise mobile solutions, an effort that is not actually driven by Microsoft or BlackBerry. This effort comes from a partnership between two other companies, and I think it showcases the fact that strategies to change both of these major companies are working and that, once again, the success of both firms is tied to partners and not just the firms' own insular efforts. Let me walk you through this.
- Gartner and IDC Numbers Show that Dodging Blame Is a Losing Strategy Apr 19 It has been interesting to watch Dell and HP compete, with each going down nearly opposite paths. Dell has been doubling down on PCs for the last several years and its big move was going private to eliminate distractions and better focus on customers. HP has been a bit of a CEO revolving door, from Carly Fiorina, who bought leadership into the PC market by merging with Compaq and recognizing the power of a consumer product, to Meg Whitman, who basically reversed Fiorina's moves, turning HP into two companies: one focused on the enterprise business and the other focused on PCs and printers. Strategy is measured by results; the IDC and Gartner numbers are out and they're pretty telling. Before we get to that, though, let's look at the background.
- NVIDIA and the Spark of Innovation Apr 13 A second show was held last week concurrently with NVIDIA's GTC and ECS shows: the OpenPOWER Foundation's Summit 2016. What makes this event interesting is that it showcases IBM's move against Intel's dominance using open source methods and a social community approach to next-generation server processor architectures. Realizing it couldn't take on a power like Intel alone, it effectively gave away its technology in exchange for making it more relevant, and the effort appears to be working. Let's talk about some of the big takeaways from the event.
- 15 ways to not get fired from your dream job CIO | Apr 22 You've got your dream job, now how do you keep it? Columnist Rob Enderle shares 15 things you should know before you even start your new dream job in order to not get fired.
- Why The PC Market Is Soft And Why AMD Should Be Excited TG Daily | Apr 22 Brian Krzanich, Intel's new CEO, upon announcing an historic layoff and blaming poor PC sales performance has handed AMD one hell of an opportunity. As you might expect when the leading vendor in a market implies they may exit it the number two is likely going to suddenly be seen by some as the new go to vendor and that is AMD. Suddenly I'm seeing a lot of interest that I hadn't seen before in their new Zen architecture due out later this year. (It should be noted that while AMD also took a hit, as a percentage, it was far lower than Intel's and their outlook, in terms of growth was far stronger, showcasing the benefit of focus).
- Apple's Not So Secret Strategy To Kill The Mac Could Boost Windows TG Daily | Apr 19 Tim Cook has been pretty clear of late that the future of the PC is much more like the iPad Pro than it is the MacBook Air. In fact, personally, he appears to have made the switch and, I think, he is making a mistake common with CEOs. He is viewing the Mac user base as basically the same as he is and he really doesn't need much more than light word processing, some calendar function (his secretary likely does the heavy lifting), and email.
- How Google Will Use VR to Displace iPhone TMCnet | Apr 19 YouTube is moving aggressively to host virtual reality content on their service, and folks are struggling to understand why since few people are equipped to view it. You still can't buy a set of high-end VR glasses from anyone, though they are due in market in a few weeks. However, Android phones are the only phones that support VR at the moment, and for those that want to view VR they are currently the only game in town. And VR is something iPhones don't yet, and may never, do. Let's talk about how Google is going to use VR as a weapon against Apple.
- Unicorn Herd Threatens Silicon Valley, Warns VC E-Commerce Times | Apr 23
- SV150: As Silicon Valley grows, so do concerns about region's earnings and sales San Jose Mercury News | Apr 23
- With Latest Opera Browser, Everybody Gets Free VPN TechNewsWorld | Apr 22
Rob Enderle on…
Microsoft's artificially intelligent bot, Tay
"Using an intelligent robot to do research is one of the options now available to researchers, and this effort could form the vanguard for firms and political entities who want a deeper understanding of a demographic."
Meet Tay, Microsoft's new A.I. chat bot Computerworld
Blockchain and IBM
"Blockchain is moving into banks…and should lend itself to both IBM hardware and their tight relationship with banks—this is likely why IBM is getting behind this technology…Once blessed by banks, it created an additional competitive exposure…and IBM wants to make sure that doesn't happen."
Cross-platform game play
"When you have titles that cross platforms, being able to play with folks on another platform broadens significantly the number of people available to play with you at any time. It also lowers the risk of being on the wrong platform, removing one of the barriers to buying either the Xbox or PlayStation."
Xbox Signals It's Ready to Rumble TechNewsWorld
The virtual reality market
[Enderle believes this year will be an early adopter market. If the early adopters evangelize a good experience, that will ultimately help future sales, as prices come down. But, Enderle added,] "at these price points, it's going to be hard to get the systems into high volume sales."
Amazon opening bookstores
"The books are just window dressing." [Amazon's using them to create a comfortable space for people to come in and get acquainted with its electronics offerings.] "A lot of people are intimidated by electronics, but they feel comfortable hanging out in a bookstore."
How Microsoft opening up SQL Server to Linux highlights differences with Oracle
"Oracle practices lock-in aggressively, and customers like choice, and as Microsoft increases its flexibility, historic concerns about the company should abate over time and create a stark difference between them and competitors like Oracle."
Satya Nadella's Bold Plan To Future-Proof Microsoft: Embrace Apple iOS, Android And Now Linux International Business Times
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